“Really, what other book would anyone ever need?” —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Honeybee
“Elegant and exquisite.” —Deepak Chopra, author of Muhammad, Jesus, and Buddha
The Big Red Book is a poetic masterpiece from Jalaluddin Rumi, the medieval Sufi mystic whom Time magazine calls “the most popular poet in America.” Readers continue to be awed and inspired by Rumi’s masterfully lyrical, deeply expressive poems, collected in volumes such as The Illustrated Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, and the bestselling The Essential Rumi. With The Big Red Book, acclaimed poet and Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks offers a never-before-published translation of a crucial anthology of poems widely considered to be one of Persian literature’s greatest treasures.
Though his English-only translations of the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 1273) have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, Barks is anything but celebratory in his preface to this new collection: "I have sold too many books....This love poetry is meant to obliterate you lovers....This is not Norman Vincent Peale urging cheerfulness, conventional morality, and soft focus, white-light and feel-good, nor is this New Age tantric energy exchange."